If there was a penny for every time Alia Bhatt said ‘Shiva’ in Brahmastra, the audience would have left the theatres filthy rich. More than any other aspect of the film, what caught everyone’s attention was the number of times she called the protagonist by his name. It got them to an extent where social media was flooded with hilarious memes about her character. Addressing the viral trend, Ayan Mukerji revealed why did the script have so many ‘Shivas’ in it.
He told NDTV, “People are making fun of it. I think when I talk, I keep taking people’s names a lot, this is my habit. So that stayed in the script and came in the film as well.” While Mukerji has a genuine take on the whole scenario, Bhatt said that she is enjoying the memes. “That’s one of my favorites. There is this one girl who imitates me, Chandni, she imitates me really well. She made an Alia Brahmastra meme where she is talking about my voice and she is outstanding,” the mommy-to-be star added.
Ranbir Kapoor further averred, “We want to tell the audience that Alia and I would always ask Ayan that ‘yaar, her name is Isha, my name is Shiva, do we have to keep saying it?’ But Ayan was very particular that when someone is in love, they have to enjoy saying the name of the person they love. And I think that makes sense.” The lovebirds, however, reiterated this is not how they talk in real life, and it’s rather a moment of worry if either of them takes the other’s name in a conversation!
The big-budget fantasy adventure epic was released in theatres on September 9. Star Studios and Dharma Productions shared an update on the film’s box office collection and revealed, “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva continues to bring unprecedented joy to the film industry, theatre owners, and audiences with a roaring week one of ₹300 cr GBOC worldwide.” The Bollywood movie is currently out in theatres and has also been in dubbed Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
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